John Shooshan Receives Robert Ball Sr. Award

The Best of Ballston awards and Annual Meeting, presented by Ballston BID and Clark Construction, took place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at The Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel. Best of Ballston Awards included: In addition to the above award winners, The Shooshan Company's CEO and President, John Shooshan, was honored to receive the Robert Ball Sr. Award in recognition of his contributions to Ballston and Arlington. Ballston BID's website states, "His talents and dedication to Ballston have strengthened the network in our community and have enhanced the neighborhood aesthetically and intellectually." [caption id="attachment_1444" align="alignnone" width="592"] Photo courtesy of Ballston BID.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1443" align="alignnone" width="593"] Photo courtesy of Ballston BID.[/caption]   The Shooshan Company would like to congratulate all of the award recipients and thank Ballston BID and everyone involved for such a wonderful evening and event. References: Annual Meeting & Best of Ballston Awards. (2017). Ballston BID. Source: Ballston BID Facebook. (2017). Facebook. Source:

Arlington Chamber June 2017 “Business After Business”

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce provides many networking opportunities for those who work in all neighborhoods of the county. The next event takes place in the evening and is part of the "Business After Business" program. On 4420 N. Fairfax Arlington, VA 22203) to exchange business cards and enjoy food and drinks while getting to know other individuals and businesses of the community. In addition, the Chamber website states, "Those present at the event have the opportunity to win door prizes, and there's also a cash jackpot for members only." The Shooshan Company is proud to be a member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and sincerely appreciates having the opportunity to network and meet other working professionals in the Arlington area. Be sure to register in advance on the Arlington Chamber of Commerce website here.


Business After Business. (2017). The Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Source:

Pepita Cantina’s “Tiki Thursdays”

Starting next Thursday, June 15, Mike Isabella's Pepita Cantina will start hosting their "Tiki Thursdays" from 5:00 PM to close. The innovative Mexican restaurant will offer Hawaiian dishes and cocktails only available on Thursdays. The website states, "Food includes Trader Vic's PuPu Platter or bites à la carte like Tuna Poke, Wings and Chicken or Beef Skewers." We encourage anyone looking for a unique experience, delicious food and signature cocktails to visit Pepita Cantina, located at The View Luxury Apartments at 4000 Wilson Blvd in Ballston. Restaurant entrance is located on North Quincy Street and additional parking is available at 4075 Wilson Blvd in Two Liberty Center across the street from The View. See the full "Tiki Thursdays" food and signature cocktails menu on Pepita Cantina's website here.

Marymount University Celebrates New Ballston Campus

Marymount University’s Ballston campus, formerly known as “the Blue Goose,” recently celebrated the near-completed project with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. [caption id="attachment_1431" align="alignnone" width="225"] Marmount University board of trustees chairman Joseph Maurelli and current Marymount president Matthew Shank cut the ribbon on May 24, 2017. Photo courtesy of Clark Construction[/caption] A few years ago, Marymount University selected the Shooshan Company to re-develop this Ballston campus, which included a full demolition of the existing building. Now, after only two years of operating out of a swing-space just down the road, Marymount University will return to the site in a brand new building designed by world renowned architect, Gensler. As reported by INSIDE NOVA, "The university will occupy six of the nine floors of the 165,000-square-foot academic building, whose construction was a partnership between the university and the Shooshan Co. It will include classrooms, administrative offices, a library, cybersecurity lab, 200-seat auditorium, chapel and both a dining hall and Starbucks that will be open to the public...In the end, it was a team that included the university, Shooshan, Clark Construction, Hitt Construction and a slew of bankers and bond houses – plus a good amount of prayer – that made it possible." Inside Nova also described the process prior to Marymount choosing a partner: "Everybody wanted a piece of this particular site. One of the prospective partners even brought in football superstar-turned-development mogul Roger Staubach to make a pitch. In the end, Shooshan, which has developed a host of projects in Arlington, won out. John Shooshan, the firm’s founder, said it was the 'common vision [and] common faith' of the leadership of both organizations that meshed well." The Shooshan Company is proud to be a part of such a historic landmark and looks forward to seeing everyone enjoying the new building. The new Ballston campus is expected to officially open in August.   References: New Ballston Building Wins Accolades From Marymount Community. (2017). Inside Nova. Source:

Yona Japanese Restaurant Continues To Impress

It's been one and a half years since Yona first opened their doors at The View Luxury Apartments. Monday, November 30, 2015, saw the grand opening of the much-anticipated concept from Washington, D.C. based celebrity chef Mike Isabella and experienced Chef Jonah Kim. Located at 4000 Wilson Boulevard, the official website of YONA describes it as, “A full-service Japanese restaurant from Mike Isabella Concepts serving lunch and dinner daily. The menu features both traditional and more inventive takes on familiar Japanese dishes, including onigiri rice balls, sushi, ramen and other noodle soups. Heartier offerings include steamed bao buns, fried chicken buckets and Asian-inspired sandwiches.” If the restaurant description wasn't enough to draw you in, Jonah Kim and Mike Isabella were listed among the 2016 RAMMY winners along with Thrillist mentioning Chef Jonah Kim as one of “The Most Important DC Chefs to Watch in 2016." Since 2015, countless Arlingtonians, Washingtonians and more have packed into this beautifully decorated restaurant to experience a unique and fresh take on classic dishes. Anna Spiegel, Food Editor of the Washingtonian, writes: “True to name, noodles star on the menu…guest can try several varieties of ramen, including kimchi-filled Korean with poached squid and pork belly, a veggie version that mixes soy milk in the broth, and a robust ‘miso porky'." We also encourage you to read the Arlington Magazine review by David Hagedorn, complete with stunning photos by Jonathan Timmes, at Yona is open Monday - Saturday from 11:30 am - 10:00 pm and Sundays 11:30 am - 9:00 pm. For those who do not live at The View, the restaurant is only a few blocks from the Ballston metro station and is sure to keep those looking for something different satisfied. You may find the full menu on their website at The Shooshan Company is proud to collaborate with Celebrity Chef Mike Isabella to bring restaurants like Yona, Pepita Cantina and Kapnos Taverna to Arlington. References: (1) Yona. (2015). About Yona. Source: (2) Thrillist / Washington DC. (2015). The Most Important DC Chefs to Watch in 2016. Source: (3) Washingtonian. (2015). Anna Spiegel.  Yona from Mike Isabella and Jonah Kim is Open and Serving Ramen: A modern Korean/Japanese restaurant for Ballston. Source: (4) Restaurant Review: Yona. (2016). David Hagedorn. Arlington Magazine. Source: (5) Photos from grand opening courtesy of Bonnie Flippin.

Taste of Arlington 2017

This Sunday, May 21, marks the 30 annual Taste of Arlington event from the Ballston BID. 10 food trucks and over 50 restaurants will participate in the event which, in the past, has drawn an average of 50,000 people. states "this year's festival will take place in between N Randolph St and N Monroe St on Wilson Blvd which is convenient to both the Ballston/MU station and the Virginia Square metro stop." Additional information such as registration, frequently asked questions, a list of participants, sponsors, event features and a complete map can be seen on the official website For the full size map, click the image below. References: Taste of Arlington. (2017). Ballston BID. Source:

Arlington Bike To Work Day

Next Friday, May 19, is officially Bike to Work Day in the Metro DC area. Commuter Connections, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, BikeArlington (a division of Arlington County Commuter Services) and many other organizations join together to encourage commuters across Arlington, Alexandria, Washington, D.C. and Maryland to use a different kind of transportation. BikeArlington's website states: "On Friday, May 19, 2017, BikeArlington invites you to join thousands of area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work! Meet up with your neighbors and coworkers at one of 85 regional pit stops, ride to work with an experienced commuter convoy, and wear your free Bike to Work Day t-shirt at work with pride." The following map of over 85 Bike to Work Day pit stop events in Virginia, D.C., Maryland and other cities comes courtesy of BikeArlington also points out that registration is strongly encouraged: "Bike to Work Day is a FREE event and open to all area commuters and even if you are already an everyday biker, it’s still important to register because these numbers get tracked year over year; a registration for Bike to Work Day is like a vote for biking!" To register, be sure to visit THIS WEBSITE. If you do not have a bike, you may always visit to find the closest Capital Bikeshare station near you. References: BikeArlington. (2017). Arlington County Commuter Services. Source: Find Your Pit Stop. (2017). Bike to Work Day. Source: Bike to Work Day Registration. (2017). Bike to Work Day. Source:;jsessionid=1536CEA356D287A1AF4BEF42FE83BF9F-n3?event_KEY=99640

Arlington County Receives Award for Community Planning and Growth

The American Planning Association recently awarded Arlington County with the Gold 2017 National Planning Achievement Award. Their website states: "For more than 50 years, Arlington County's General Land Use Plan has served as a guide for the county's smart growth journey. During this period, the Virginia county has transitioned from a suburban, auto-centric collection of neighborhoods to one of the country's most recognized examples of smart-growth, sustainable, and transit-oriented development while reducing commercial sprawl and conserving the quality and diversity of neighborhoods..." In response, Arlington County released the following statement: "'In Arlington, we believe in long-term planning. Years ago, Arlington created a land use plan that values transit-oriented development, sustainability and walkability,' said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. 'Our success at planning remains rooted in that vision and in our commitment to community-based decision-making. County government and the community have together built Arlington into one of the nation’s best places to live, work or play.'" The Shooshan Company is proud to be a part of Arlington County and would like to congratulate them on their success!   References: National Planning Achievement Awards 2017. (2017). American Planning Association. Source: Arlington County Receives National Planning Achievement Award for Smart Growth Journey. (2017). Arlington County Government. Source:    

Arlington Best Business Awards

On Tuesday, May 2, join the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Arlington-based businesses as leaders in the community are recognized through the 31st Annual Arlington Best Business Awards. The official registration page states: "Awards are earned by businesses that deliver exceptional quality of service to their customers, are industry leaders or offer a unique approach to delivery of its goods or services, and display an interest in and concern for the Arlington community." Previously, the award ceremony was a breakfast event, however this year it will take place in the evening to allow for a more appropriate setting. To view past Best Business Winners, visit the Arlington Chamber's website here. In addition to the Best Business Awards, inductions into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame will take place. The chamber says the Hall of Fame "honors men and women with a connection to Arlington County who have demonstrated a long record of successful management, expertise and business skills, along with notable achievements and exceptional civic and community." The Arlington Best Business Awards take place Key Bridge Marriott Hotel located at 1401 Lee Highway in Arlington, VA. You may register at   References: Best Business Awards. (2017). Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Source:

John Shooshan To Receive Robert Ball Award

The Best of Ballston awards and Annual Meeting will take place on June 21, 2017 at The Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel. The Ballston BID website states: "The Ballston BID’s Annual Meeting and Best of Ballston Awards Program will be an evening recognizing the hidden stars of Ballston.  Talented, creative, smart and savvy people walk the streets of our neighborhood --- this event is our time to share their success stories!" The Ballston BID is currently seeking nominations for the Property Manager Award, Broker Award and the Innovation Award, which you may submit online at In addition to the above awards, The Shooshan Company is proud to report that John Shooshan will receive the Robert Ball award. BID's website released the following statement: "The grand finale of the evening is the presentation of the Robert Ball Award, named after the founding Ball family of Ballston, to John Shooshan in recognition of his contributions to Ballston and Arlington. His talents and dedication to Ballston have strengthened the network in our community and have enhanced the neighborhood aesthetically and intellectually." The Annual Meeting and Best of Ballston Awards is guaranteed to be a great event, so be sure to submit your nominations before May 1, 2017 and register online here.   References: Annual Meeting & Best of Ballston Awards. (2017). Ballston BID. Source: First Best of Ballston Awards Will Honor Neighborhood's Hidden Stars. (2017). ARLnow. Source: